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Cato Institute Paper Answers Critics of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

A major weakness of the 1986 immigration reform law was the omission of a guest or temporary worker provision, something that could have become a legal channel for many of today’s undocumented residents. That’s one of the points made in “Answering the Critics of Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” a paper published by the Cato Institute and written by Stuart Anderson, Executive Director of the National Foundation for American Policy.

The paper also details how “legalizing both the flow of workers and the workers already here will help taxpayers by raising the newly legalized workers’ productivity, their earnings, and the likelihood that they will pay taxes in the formal economy.”


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Fergus Cullen

Fergus Cullen is the founder and executive director of Americans By Choice. Fergus brings 20 years of experience in public policy, advocacy, and politics to Americans By Choice.

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